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CNN airs alarming documentary "Planet in Peril"
2007-10-23 05:19:01 Xinhua English

BEIJING, Oct. 23 (Xinhuanet) -- "Planet in Peril," a two-night, four-hour special airs Tuesday and Wednesday nights on CNN.

Correspondents Anderson Cooper, meteorologist Sanjay Gupta or Animal Planet's Jeff Corwin reported from spots on the globe where rare species are endangered and pollution is unchecked.

This documentary produced by CNN Productions and the crews of "Anderson Cooper 360" outlines the biggest dangers, including species loss, deforestation, climate change and overpopulation. At the same time, it shows how little has been done to halt them.

"Planet in Peril" includes segments on Greenland's receding ice sheet, Brazil's illegal logging camps, Alaska's diminishing polar bear habitat, Yellowstone National Park's reintroduction of species to their native environment, and the black-market sale of endangered animals, whose removal from the wild affects entire ecosystems.

It's an alarming story told exceedingly well, a shining example of what TV journalism can be when it's heart, mind and resources are in the right places, as media reported.

"A lot of people think they know about climate change peripherally," said Gupta on the program, "But when they see a woman whose island home is disappearing, who must be relocated, you hope that will resonate with them."

(Agencies)

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